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IACP conference a major learning opportunity for law enforcement agencies

For law enforcement agencies and officers, the present is an exciting time. The explosion in digital technology, both hardware and software, offers a wide range of new and useful tools and platforms for improving crime control efforts and improving safety and security in communities served. One major, interactive learning opportunity is rapidly approaching for the leaders of law enforcement organizations. The International Association of Chiefs of Police conference takes place in downtown Chicago, Oct. 24 - 27, with a wide range of exhibitions, workshops, learning opportunities and other events geared toward improving the efforts of law enforcement organizations across the globe.

Police chiefs and officers from across the globe will gather in Chicago at the end of October

The many opportunities to develop new policing knowledge
The IACP conference's largest event in terms of numbers is the expo hall, with more than 650 exhibitors sharing the latest advances in many aspects of police technology. Businesses and organizations in the expo hall offer products and services specifically geared toward the unique needs of law enforcement, including everything from administration, education and training to vehicles, weapons and protective equipment.

NC4's presence
NC4's own booth will offer information on NC4 Street Smart, our comprehensive situational awareness and crime fighting platform and NC4 Signal, our social media monitoring solution. NC4 Street Smart provides officers with an in-depth solution for sharing relevant information for fighting crime in near real time as well as storing that information for future use and pattern analysis. Officer-written blogs providing pertinent information about crime in their jurisdictions, historical crime and pattern data, a map viewer to visualize crime information, data on known offenders and many other tools make up our crime fighting solution.

NC4 Signal automates the otherwise-tedious components of social monitoring, scanning through public posts made on a variety of social networks and identifying key words and phrases that indicate the potential for criminal activity. Police departments can monitor events in real time and draw on past data to identify patterns and trends around the clock, with access to NC4 Signal available through any Web-connected device.

"Along with the hundreds of exhibitors, a number of learning areas will also be present in the expo hall."

A wide range of information and events
Along with the hundreds of exhibitors, a number of learning areas are also present in the expo hall. The Innovation Theater and Solutions Presentation Theaters offer presentations on relevant trends, processes, strategies and solutions for modern law enforcement organizations. The Sports, Relaxation and Wellness Zones offer officers the chance to relax, assess personal health, get a massage and more.

Conference highlights
Beyond the expo hall, the IACP conference offers more than 200 workshops during the four-day event, providing valuable information about modern policing that is both effective and practical. Much of the advice and data shared is practical in nature and can be put to use once attendees return to their jurisdictions. A number of different learning tracks - 12 in all - offer conference attendees the chance to access the information that's most relevant to them. Tracks range from public information officer learning to psychological services, technology and even a series of presentations about the operations of the Chicago Police Department, providing actionable insights derived from that organization.

Attendance and details
The IACP 2015 conference takes place from Oct. 24 - 27 at McCormick Place West in downtown Chicago. The event is open to a variety of law enforcement officers and organizations, although membership in the IACP is encouraged. The exposition hall is open free of charge to all sworn and civilian public safety, government and military personnel. To learn more and to register for the event, visit the IACP 2015 conference website.

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